Eric Trump criticized social media platforms, said CNN is hurting the United States and accused the New York Times of “presidential harassment” while talking to “Fox & Friends” Wednesday.
“It only goes one way. If you’re on the left you’re totally protected. If you’re on the right they absolutely try to kill you,” Trump said about social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Trump echoed the sentiments of his father, the president, and brother Donald Trump Jr. who have been vocal about bias among social media platforms.
“Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats,” President Trump tweeted Tuesday.
When asked how he would fix the situation with social media, Eric Trump said he would like the nation’s highest court to take a crack at it.
“I’d love to see this go to the Supreme Court to tell you the truth,” Trump said. “They hide under the veil that, ‘well we’re a private company.’”
“You’re no longer a private company when you are a monopoly. Facebook has 1.7, 1.8 billion users around the world… you’re beyond a private company. You’re a monopoly.”
The topic then moved to former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel’s comments that news organizations such as The Washington Post and New York Times have decided as organizations that President Trump is “bad for the United States.”
Eric Trump said the “hatred” for his father comes through in these media outlets and their reporting, highlighting CNN and claiming the network is hurting America with its international broadcasts.
“When you see some of these anchors on CNN and it’s being broadcast to the entire world and every single night they’re undermining,” Trump said. “It actually hurts our country. It’s one thing that no one ever talks about but it hurts us as a nation.”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade then asked Trump about a New York Times article exploring the relationship between the Trump organization and Deutsche Bank, which will likely prompt questions from Congress.
“Every single day we get harassed as a company because it’s their way to get to my father. And that’s all it is. You see these 81 subpoenas, what are they trying to do? It’s presidential harassment, right,” Trump said referencing the House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler’s investigation.
“They don’t want the guy to do his job, they don’t have any leadership, they don’t have any message.”
Trump added, “They’re going to lose again. I’m telling you right now, we’re going to win this thing again, my father is going to win this again. They’re desperate, they have no message and he’s doing a great job for this country.”
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Patti Davis, the daughter of formerPresident Ronald Reagan, sharply criticized President Trump in an interview on Tuesday, accusing the president of using fear to divide the country and “assaulting the constitution.”
Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, which her father coined during his presidency, has taken on a completely different meaning, Davis said in an interview on the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes.”
"What it seems to mean now is let’s make America white again and racist again and small-minded," she said.
Her father, she said, wanted America to be the best it could be. “I think he would be heartbroken because he loved this country a lot and he believed in this country,” she added.
Davis, who is not a Republican, said she believes the party has completely shifted from when her father was in office, claiming Republicans in Congress are just sitting on the “sidelines and letting the Trump administration destroy this country.”
When asked if she was suggesting Trump is endangering America’s democracy she answered, “Of course, I am. I mean, he is.”
“This is not the kind of country we’re supposed to have,” she said, lamenting the administration’s "zero-tolerance" illegal immigration policy, which led to family separations at the southern border.
In the interview, she also talked about her time as the first daughter, drug addiction and reconciling differences she had with her father during his presidency before he died.
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Former Democratic National Party chairwoman Donna Brazile made her Fox News contributor debut Monday, saying Democrats within the party must “stop yelling at each other.” She also called former first-daughter Chelsea Clinton a leader and a healer for handling a confrontation this past weekend.
“I think we have to lower the temperature, lower the rhetoric. We need to stop yelling at each other,” Brazile said on “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino” in response to a video of Clinton being confronted by an angry activist.
“This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,” Activist Leen Dweik told Clinton, blaming her in part for the massacre of 50 Muslims by a white nationalist in New Zealand last week.
“I’m so sorry that you feel that way, certainly it was never my intention, I do believe words matter,” Clinton said calmly.
Dweik, along with Rose Asaf who filmed the confrontation, were upset that Clinton condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for anti-Semitic comments.
“There’s no question that we’re a big tent party but we do not in any way tolerate any forms of bigotry, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, racism,” Brazile added. “We’re not going to allow these ‘ism’s’ to divide us and distract us from what we’d like to accomplish as Americans.”
Brazile praised Clinton for her composure during the tense video.
"Chelsea Clinton is a woman of valor and I admire her courage and the way that she was composed during that entire process. But she is a leader and I also believe that she is a healer," Brazile said.
Brazile also told Perino that 2020’s crop of Democratic presidential hopefuls offers a new path for an America that is looking for leadership.
“I think the American people… they want leadership. They want someone who’s not only compassionate but who empathize with their plight,” Brazile said. “One of the things that President Trump was able to do in 2016 was to reach those voters who felt like they belong on the outskirts of hope. And he said ‘I will fight for you, I’m going to bring you jobs back.’”
“But I think what Democrats will offer is a new path, a new direction with policies that will lift everybody up and give everyone whether you’re poor, part of the middle-class a fair shot and a fair chance,” Brazile added.
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Meghan McCain had a sharp response for President Trump on Saturday after he posted an unflattering tweet about her late father, saying that late Sen. John McCain had “far worse ‘stains’” against him than reports that he’d helped share the infamous Russia dossier.
Quoting former Independent Counsel Ken Starr, the president got the ball rolling when he tweeted about new reports involving Senator McCain. Those reports said that the senator and an associate had shared with the FBI and various media outlets the unverified dossier alleging that Moscow held compromising information on Trump.
“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel,” Trump wrote.
“He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace [of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act] after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”
Meghan McCain, bristling at the remark, fired back with her own Twitter post, in which she said that “no one will ever love you the way they loved my father.”
She continued: “I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”
In a newly unsealed declaration from September, former senior counterintelligence FBI agent Bill Priestap confirmed that the FBI received a copy of the first 33 pages of the dossier in December 2016 from Senator McCain.
McCain had denied being the source for BuzzFeed after it published the dossier, but acknowledged giving it to the FBI.
The filings were unsealed as part of an ongoing libel case against BuzzFeed by a Russian businessman.
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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Friday called the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques "awful" and expressed he was troubled by the social media role in the event.
"Anybody being attacked is terrible. When you focus on someone because of their faith at their place of worship, it’s especially disheartening," Kinzinger said on "Fox & Friends."
At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called "one of New Zealand’s darkest days.
One man was arrested and charged with murder in what appeared to be a carefully planned hate crime. Police also defused explosive devices in a car.
The alleged shooter, who describes himself as a racist, wrote a lengthy anti-immigrant manifesto.
"Thoughts and prayers and we mean it. Thoughts and prayers are impactful. Please pray for the people that are going through this," Kinznger added.
"What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?" Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
"When I saw that it just doubled down my determination to tell people," Kinzinger said. "Prayer means something, faith means something and I think even though we all have different faiths lets all stand together at this moment."
Prayer means something, faith means something and I think even though we all have different faiths lets all stand together at this moment.
"What’s the balance between your freedoms? Your ability to do what you want on social media versus people who try to seek fame or notoriety through something like this," Kinzinger said.
"I don’t know how to get a hold of this but we got to get to a society where people quit trying to chase this fame, this hollow fame whether it’s through horrible actions or anything else. Be confident in who you are. Go ahead with your life."
Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.
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Is Beto O’Rourke pandering or is his message lost in translation?
Hours after O’Rourke announced he would run for president, the former Democratic congressman’s website became a focal point for many of his critics. In particular, some pointed out perceived differences between his English and Spanish websites.
The English version has the slogan “Beto for America.” while the Spanish version reads, “Beto para todos," which translates to “Beto for all.”
Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk tweeted “Pandering to different communities, Robert?”
Robert is O’Rourke’s legal first name.
“Like he did at his rally, Beto once again standing with non-citizens over Americans,” Campus Reform senior correspondent Eduardo Neret tweeted about the website differences.
Business Insider politics reporter John Haltiwanger tweeted that "’Beto para los Estados Unidos’ would be way too long.”
O’Rourke narrowly lost a senate campaign to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018.
Last month the former congressman from El Paso said he would "absolutely" support tearing down existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico.
Conservative critics are also going after O’Rourke for his website not having any information on his policies but promoting their merchandise store.
“Beto website doesn’t offer policy platform — but give money and buy merch!,” conservative commentator and former game show host Chuck Woolery tweeted.
“Ultimately, we all have to get on board with the same person, because it is fundamental to our chances of success that we defeat Donald Trump in 2020,” O’Rourke said.
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It would be among the most restrictive abortion measures in the country. Critics of the bill claim many women do not know they are pregnant at the six-week mark.
The bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Kristina Roegner, said using the existence of a fetal heartbeat as the defining line is clearer than determining the fate of a fetus based on its growth outside the womb, a marker established in court precedent. Roegner said viability can vary depending on the technology available and the medical care.
"[Viability] is a moving target, and we need a new standard," she said. "The heartbeat bill provides a sensible solution."
Similar measures approved by lawmakers were vetoed twice before by DeWine’s predecessor, Republican John Kasich. He said such a law would create a costly court battle and likely be found unconstitutional.
In its current form, the bill includes an exemption if a mother’s life is at risk. Critics say it provides no exemptions for victims of rape or incest.
The legislation’s passage in the Senate continued a celebratory week for abortion opponents in Ohio, where a divided federal appeals court upheld a state law Tuesday that blocked public money for Planned Parenthood
A handful of other states are considering legislation to restrict abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Beto’s in for 2020.
Three-term Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, noted for his meandering video from a dentist’s office, Jack Kerouac-style road trips and stream-of-consciousness ramblings and an oh-so-close bid to topple Texas Sen. Ted Cruz last year, announced a White House bid in a video he sent to supporters sometime in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
"Amy and I are happy to share with you that I’m running to serve you as the next president of the United States of America," O’Rourke said. "This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us. The challenges we face right now, the interconnected crises in our democracy, and our climate have never been greater.”
The congressman from El Paso grabbed national attention last summer and autumn, as he challenged Republican Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections. O’Rourke raked in an eye-popping $80 million during his campaign, thanks in part to his uplifting message and his mastery of social media.
He quickly became a Democratic rock star. And like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, another darling of the party’s progressive base, O’Rourke quickly reached celebrity status, being referenced only by his first name.
O’Rourke narrowly lost to Cruz – by just over 200,000 votes out of more than eight million cast. After his better-than-expected performance against the GOP incumbent, there were immediate calls by some Democrats for O’Rourke to run for president.
After saying days after the November elections that "I will not be a candidate for president in 2020,” O’Rourke quickly changed his tune, explaining that "I haven’t made any decisions about anything yet.”
By mid-December, he acknowledged at a town hall that was considering a White House run.
Two national groups urging O’Rourke to launch a campaign sprung up just weeks after the 2018 midterms. In the ensuing months the groups held house parties and other events in the early voting primary and caucus states as they built up lists of O’Rourke supporters.
In early January, with Beto mania at a fever pitch, O’Rourke live-streamed a visit to his dentist, which while going viral was also greeted with plenty of derision on social media.
Days later, as the Democratic presidential contenders were busy building organizations and making frequent stops in the early voting states, O’Rourke tried to find clarity. So he embarked on a solo road trip across the country, posting frequent travel log dispatches on Medium, the on-line publishing platform.
In a much anticipated early February interview with Oprah Winfrey, O’Rourke said he’d make a 2020 decisions “really soon… before the end of this month.”
That deadline came and went.
Two weeks ago came word that O’Rourke had ruled out a 2020 Senate challenge against Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and would announce his decision on a presidential bid “soon.”
O’Rourke told reporters that he had made a decision, but remained mum on what he had decided.
"I want to make the announcement to everyone at the same time," O’Rourke explained. "I want to do it the right way."
This past weekend the apparent O’Rourke tease continued, as he attended the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas for the premiere of a documentary about his 2018 Senate campaign.
He avoided revealing or detailing his 2020 intentions.
“I want to make sure I do it the right way and I tell everyone at the same time, so I’ll be doing that,” he once again told reporters when questioned about the delay in any announcement. “I’ve got to be on the timeline that works for my family and for the country.
As O’Rourke was in Austin, his deputy campaign manager from his 2018 Senate run sent an email to supporters inviting them “to be first to hear Beto’s big announcement.”
“I’m ready for us to bring our movement to the rest of the country,” Cynthia Cano added.
On Monday night, a video from O’Rourke on Twitter indicated that he would head this upcoming weekend to the state that votes first in the presidential caucus and primary calendar, to lend a hand to a Democratic state senate candidate running in a special election. The news came as O’Rourke reportedly had started staffing up in the Hawkeye state.
As O’Rourke’s delayed making an announcement on launching a campaign, some have wondered if he missed his moment. A new national poll from Monmouth University indicated a slight deterioration in his popularity. O’Rourke enjoyed a 41%-9% favorable/unfavorable rating in January, when Beto fever was at its peak. Monmouth’s latest survey, released on Monday indicated O’Rourke at 38%-12% favorable/unfavorable.
But other political analysts point to a lack of a breakout candidate so far in the large field of Democratic presidential contenders. They argue that a campaign launch by O’Rourke could shake things up.
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Warren did not elaborate on her feelings after being asked the question as part of a number of rapid fire questions posed by “Mornin’ Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Critics pounced on Warren who herself has been embroiled in controversy over her alleged Native American heritage.
“Elizabeth Warren just said she had ‘zero’ sympathy for the parents involved in the college admissions cheating scandal,” Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted. “It’s ironic that she’s so offended given that she lied about being a minority to climb the Ivy League ladder.”
Warren, a 2020 presidential candidate who is originally from Oklahoma, had for decades claimed to have a Native American heritage; her critics say she used it to advance her career by promoting herself as a “minority.” Warren denies that.
President Trump regularly mocks Warren on the issue, referring to her as “Pocahontas.”
"This is just stunning," Warren told ABC News Tuesday. "To me this is just one more example of how the rich and powerful know how to take care of their own."
Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.
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“It’s also true that Manafort undoubtedly committed these crimes after all he’s acknowledged doing so,” Hume said on “America’s Newsroom," just moments before Manafort was sentenced to a total of 81 months in prison in connection with his guilty plea related to foreign lobbying and witness tampering. The term he will serve includes the 47-month sentence handed down in a separate case in Virginia last week.
“But there’s one thing that’s also true. None of this, none of this whole prosecution of him and the alleged crimes of obstruction of justice that he committed during the investigation would have happened had he not served as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman.”
I hold no grief for Paul Manafort, I’ve always looked at him and his dead eyes with a view that he might not be the right person if you were looking to have a political consultant. The things he did are obviously criminal and he’s admitted them
Hume said the investigation into Manafort was dormant until the political advisor became associated with Trump.
“He is where he is today because he made the mistake, as it turned out for him, of serving as Trump’s campaign advisor,” Hume said. “Because if you don’t have that you don’t have this investigation.”
“The main effort here as the judge in Virginia pointed out was to squeeze him to try and turn him against Donald Trump and have him give up the goods,” Hume said.
“We don’t know… if he didn’t give up the goods because he didn’t want to or because he didn’t have any goods.
The senior political analyst made clear that he had no sympathy for Manafort but said it is unlikely that Manafort or Trump colluded with Russia.
“I hold no grief for Paul Manafort, I’ve always looked at him and his dead eyes with a view that he might not be the right person if you were looking to have a political consultant. The things he did are obviously criminal and he’s admitted them,” Hume said.
He added: “I think in the end it may have turned out he didn’t do anything with regards to collusion with Russia and perhaps Mr. Trump didn’t either.”
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